Nurse taped patient’s mouth and told him ‘I will shoot you’ to keep him quiet
A nurse taped over an elderly patient’s mouth and told him ‘I will shoot you’ in a bid to keep him quiet, a disciplinary hearing was told.
Nurse Beaullah Ntsulumbana stuck the medical tape over the mouth of a distressed elderly man and said ‘that will keep you quiet’ after he shouted ‘go away’ at anyone who approached him during a night shift, the hearing heard.
A fitness to practise committee panel heard Ntsulumbana also told the patient: “I will shoot you, I will shoot you, I will shoot you”, as he continued to make noise during the night.
The panel heard the patient, an elderly man suffering from a urinary tract infection and confusion, was ‘very noisy’ during the night shift at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital, shouting and asking for help.
Healthcare assistants said they saw Ntsulumbana tear off a strip of medical tape and stick it over the distressed man’s mouth, leaving it there for around five minutes.
An unnamed colleague who gave evidence at the hearing said: “Patient A was being very disruptive and the patients around him were becoming agitated with the noise as it was getting late…….read more